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m-learning in an off-campus environment : using iPods in accounting education

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posted on 2024-06-17, 07:11 authored by P Richardson, S Dellaportas, L Perera, B Richardson
The widening availability of the internet and the popularity of handheld devices such as Apple’s iPod are creating a generation of tech-savvy students who are becoming more demanding for innovative ways of accessing information. In this study thirty iPods were distributed to students studying an exclusively online graduate level accounting program at a mid-sized Australian university. The students were required to use their iPods as part of the course’s online learning environment. At the end of the semester students were given two questionnaires: (1) to illicit their opinions on the usefulness of the iPod as a learning tool, and (2) to establish their learning styles (using a VARK© questionnaire). The findings indicate that flexibility the perceived benefit of using iPods allowing more efficient and effective study time. In particular the mobility (m-learning) that allowed students to take advantage of what would otherwise be down-time such as travelling on public transport. Disadvantages related to the difficulty in reading text on a small screen and the ability to move to particular parts of a recorded lecture with precision. These comments were consistent for all demographics however students with a more visual learning style rated the iPod more important to their learning than other students. This study involved a small sample but the generally positive response to the use of iPods indicates that there would be value in further studies with larger groups.

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1-33

Location

Christchurch, New Zealand

Start date

2010-07-04

End date

2010-07-06

Language

eng

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Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.

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E1 Full written paper - refereed

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2010, AFAANZ

Title of proceedings

AFAANZ 2010 : Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference

Event

Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand. Conference (2010 : Christchurch, New Zealand)

Publisher

AFAANZ

Place of publication

[Christchurch,New Zealand]

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